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Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

January 23, 2017

GOLF Magazine’s biennial Top 100 Courses in the World Rankings are determined by a 100-strong international panel whose members include major-championship winners, architects, journalists and a cadre of connoisseurs who have played all of the world’s top 100 courses. Panelists evaluate a ballot of 493 courses. Although there are no set-in-stone criteria they must follow, we have confidence in their sense of what constitutes “greatness” in a course. These are the best courses in the United States. See below for more information about each course.

1. Pine Valley Pine Valley, N.J. George Crump/H.S. Colt, 1918

2. Cypress Point Pebble Beach, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1928

3. Augusta National Augusta, Ga. Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones, 1933

4. Shinnecock Hills Southampton, N.Y. William Flynn, 1931

5. Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, Calif. Jack Neville/Douglas Grant, 1919

6. Oakmont Oakmont, Pa. Henry Fownes, 1903

7. National Golf Links of America Southampton, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald, 1911

8. Merion (East) Ardmore, Pa. Hugh Wilson, 1912

9. Sand Hills Mullen, Neb. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 1994

10. Pinehurst (No. 2) Pinehurst, N.C. Donald Ross, 1907

11. Fishers Island Fishers Island, N.Y. Seth Raynor, 1926

12. Seminole Juno Beach, Fla. Donald Ross, 1929

13. Winged Foot (West) Mamaroneck, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1923

14. Pacific Dunes Bandon, Ore. Tom Doak, 2001

15. Crystal Downs Frankfort, Mich. Alister MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell, 1932

16. San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. A.W. Tillinghast, 1918

17. Chicago Wheaton, Ill. C.B. Macdonald, 1895/Seth Raynor, 1923

18. Prairie Dunes Hutchinson, Kan. Perry Maxwell, 1937/Press Maxwell, 1957

19. Riviera Pacific Palisades, Calif. George C. Thomas Jr./Billy Bell Sr., 1926

20. Los Angeles (North) Los Angeles, Calif. George C. Thomas Jr., 1921

21. Friar’s Head Baiting Hollow, N.Y. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2003

22. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel) Brookline, Mass. Willie Campbell, 1895/Rees Jones, 1985

23. Oakland Hills (South) Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Donald Ross, 1917/Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1950

24. Bethpage (Black) Farmingdale, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1936

25. Kiawah Island (Ocean) Kiawah Island, S.C. Pete Dye, 1991

26. Garden City Golf Club Garden City, N.Y. Devereux Emmet, 1899/Walter Travis, 1906

27. Whistling Straits (Straits) Kohler, Wis. Pete Dye, 1998

28. Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio Jack Nicklaus/Desmond Muirhead, 1974

29. TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Pete Dye, 1980

30. Shoreacres Lake Bluff, Ill. Seth Raynor, 1921

31. Camargo Indian Hill, Ohio Seth Raynor, 1921

32. Baltusrol (Lower) Springfield, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1922

33. Olympic (Lake) San Francisco, Calif. Sam Whiting, 1927

34. Southern Hills Tulsa, Okla. Perry Maxwell, 1936

35. Bandon Dunes Bandon, Ore. David McLay Kidd, 1999

36. Maidstone East Hampton, N.Y. Willie Park Jr., 1924

37. Oak Hill (East) Rochester, N.Y. Donald Ross, 1923

38. Somerset Hills Bernardsville, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1918

39. The Golf Club New Albany, Ohio Pete Dye, 1967

40. Quaker Ridge Scarsdale, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1926

41. Ballyneal Holyoke, Colo. Tom Doak, 2006

42. Inverness Toledo, Ohio Donald Ross, 1919

43. California Golf Club of S.F. S. San Francisco, Calif. A.V. Macan, 1926/A. MacKenzie, 1928/Kyle Phillips, 2007

44. Winged Foot (East) Mamaroneck, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1923

45. Harbour Town Hilton Head Island, S.C. Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus, 1969

46. Medinah (No. 3) Medinah, Ill. Tom Bendelow, 1928

47. Streamsong (Red) Streamsong, Fla. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2012

48. Old Macdonald Bandon, Ore. Tom Doak/Jim Urbina, 2010

49. Old Sandwich Plymouth, Mass. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2004

50. Bandon Trails Bandon, Ore. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2005

51. Plainfield Plainfield, N.J. Donald Ross, 1921

52. Wade Hampton Cashiers, N.C. Tom Fazio, 1987

53. Pasatiempo Santa Cruz, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1929

54. Yale University New Haven, Conn. C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1926

55. The Honors Course Ooltewah, Tenn. Pete Dye, 1983

56. Streamsong (Blue) Streamsong, Fla. Tom Doak, 2012

57. Piping Rock Locust Valley, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1913

58. Spyglass Hill Pebble Beach, Calif. Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1966

59. Sebonack Southampton, N.Y. Jack Nicklaus/Tom Doak, 2006

60. Yeamans Hall Hanahan, S.C. Seth Raynor, 1925

61. Rock Creek Cattle Company Deer Lodge, Mont. Tom Doak, 2008

62. Valley Club of Montecito Montecito, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1929

63. Congressional (Blue) Bethesda, Md. D. Emmet, 1924/Robert T. Jones Sr., 1962/Rees Jones, 2011

64. Baltusrol (Upper) Springfield, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1922

65. Newport Newport, R.I. Willie Davis, 1894/A.W. Tillinghast, 1923

66. Shadow Creek North Las Vegas, Nev. Tom Fazio/Steve Wynn, 1990

67. Essex County Club Manchester, Mass. Donald Ross, 1917

68. Eastward Ho! Chatham, Mass. Herbert Fowler, 1922

69. Myopia Hunt Club South Hamilton, Mass. Herbert Leeds, 1896

70. Peachtree Atlanta, Ga. Robert Trent Jones Sr./Bobby Jones, 1948

71. Nanea Kailua-Kona, Hawaii David McLay Kidd, 2003

72. Cherry Hills Cherry Hills Village, Colo. William Flynn, 1923

73. The Creek Club Locust Valley, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1923

74. Kittansett Marion, Mass. William Flynn/Fred Hood, 1922

75. Milwaukee River Hills, Wisc. H.S. Colt/C.H. Alison, 1929

76. Chambers Bay University Place, Wash. Robert Trent Jones II, 2007

77. Monterey Peninsula (Shore) Pebble Beach, Calif. Bob Baldock, 1961/Mike Strantz, 2004

78. Old Town Club Winston-Salem, N.C. Perry Maxwell, 1939

79. Ridgewood (West/East) Paramus, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1929

80. East Lake Atlanta, Ga. Tom Bendelow, 1908/Donald Ross, 1913/Rees Jones, 1994

81. Gozzer Ranch Harrison, Idaho Tom Fazio, 2007

82. Interlachen Edina, Minn. Willie Watson, 1911/Donald Ross, 1921

83. Trump National (Old) Bedminster, N.J. Tom Fazio, 2004

84. Hazeltine National Chaska, Minn. Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1962/Rees Jones, 1990

85. Scioto Columbus, Ohio Donald Ross, 1916

86. Boston Golf Club Hingham, Mass. Gil Hanse, 2005

87. Olympia Fields (North) Olympia Fields, Ill. Willie Park Jr., 1922

88. Calusa Pines Naples, Fla. Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 2001

89. Baltimore (Five Farms East) Lutherville, Md. A.W. Tillinghast, 1926

90. Bel-Air Los Angeles, Calif. George C. Thomas Jr./Billy Bell Sr., 1926

91. Colonial Fort Worth, Texas John Bredemus, 1935/Perry Maxwell, 1940

92. Trump National Doral (Blue Monster) Miami, Fla. Dick Wilson, 1962/Gil Hanse, 2014

93. Mountain Lake Lake Wales, Fla. Seth Raynor, 1916

94. Blackwolf Run (River) Kohler, Wis. Pete Dye, 1988

95. Fox Chapel Pittsburgh, Pa. Seth Raynor, 1925

96. Bellerive St. Louis, Mo. Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1959/Rees Jones, 2007

97. Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield, Conn. Seth Raynor, 1920

98. Crooked Stick Carmel, Ind. Pete Dye, 1964

99. Torrey Pines (South) La Jolla, Calif. Billy Bell Jr., 1957/Rees Jones, 2001

100. Aronimink Newtown Square, Pa. Donald Ross, 1928